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Excel look up formula

Posted on 2014-07-14
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Last Modified: 2014-07-15
Hi Experts,

Please see the attached sample spreadsheet.  I need a formula on sheet1 column D that will look up values in sheet2 column C- highlighted in yellow.

The spreadsheet has thousands of records so that is why I'm asking for help to make this task easier.

Question by:dddw
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Expert Comment

ID: 40195766

is easier if you sort both sheets by the first column. you need to use a better identifier than just the fist name because you can get duplicates and the result will be the first name it founds.

i uploaded your files back with the formula working

Author Comment

ID: 40195773
I have some limitations with the data such as not being able to re-sort it.  Is there away to use the VLOOKUP based on the first and last name?

Expert Comment

ID: 40195778
I think no, it just looks an specific value in  a mark table. you will have to create an other field adding the first name and last name in both sheets. but if you are not able to sort then I don't think you will be able to add a column. can you copy and paste the data in to an other excel book that is not restricted?
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Author Comment

ID: 40195800
I'll give the VLOOKUP a try.  It may work.  There is a unique identifier that could be used instead of the name.  I'll let you know how it goes.
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Accepted Solution

Ejgil Hedegaard earned 2000 total points
ID: 40195802
Use this formula in D2 to lookup first and last name, copy down.
The formula must be array entered Ctrl+Shift+Enter.
Excel will enclose the formula in {} to show that it is an array formula.
Expand the ranges to what you need, don't use the entire columns on array formulas.

Author Comment

ID: 40195810
That works very well.  I'll give that a try on the actual data.

Author Closing Comment

ID: 40198096
I ended up using this formula for the finalize spreadsheet with some modifications to the columns it looked at.


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